Alba, Carell, ‘Crashers,’ ‘Virgin’ Big Nominees For MTV Movie Awards

Awards will air Thursday, June 8 at 9 p.m.

Over the past 12 months, audiences fell head-over-heels for some movie characters who couldn’t get enough lovin’, and others who have more than they can handle.

Appropriately, then, the 2006 nominees for the MTV Movie Awards honor wedding studs, virginal duds, and a host of kissing, brawling and spell-casting buds.

Bawdy blockbusters “Wedding Crashers” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” lead the pack with five nominations each, followed closely by crowd pleasers “Batman Begins,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Hustle & Flow,” “Sin City” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” with three each. Keeping with the theme of spreading the love, the defiantly diverse slate also offers fans the (probably) once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to root for Paris Hilton, “Memoirs of a Geisha,” the creepy dude from “Saw” and a pair of cowboy soulmates, all in the same evening.

The top dogs in this year’s animal house are Steve Carell (Best Performance, Comedic Performance and On-Screen Team) and Jessica Alba (Team, Best Hero, Sexiest Performance), the latter for her roles in two films: one invisible performance (“Fantastic Four”) and another that found her visible in all the right places (“Sin City”). Several actors — Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Angelina Jolie, Ewan McGregor, Brad Pitt, Jessica Simpson, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson — scored two nominations.

As for the one-of-a-kind categories that no Oscar broadcast would dare embrace, the nominees present a wide-open realm as stunning and edgy as “Brokeback Mountain” itself. Do you prefer your fight scenes to be man-versus-woman (“Mr. & Mrs. Smith”), man-versus-men (“Kung Fu Hustle”), beast-versus-technology (“King Kong”) or Padawan-against-Jedi (“Star Wars III”)? Are you more terrified by a villain with no nose (Ralph Fiennes in “Potter”), no future (Tobin Bell, “Saw II”), no sanity (Cillian Murphy, “Batman Begins”), no warmth (Tilda Swinton, “The Chronicles of Narnia”) or no lower half whatsoever (Hayden Christensen, “Star Wars III”)? Between those categories and a Best Kiss group highlighting the gross (“Just Friends”), the groundbreaking (“Brokeback”) and the gossip-fueled (“Smith”), there’s a nominee for everyone to love.

The annual ceremony also figures to be a memorable one for some already-famous faces who rented out their star power to Hollywood last year, including Andre 3000 (“Four Brothers”), Nelly (“The Longest Yard”) and Beyoncé (“The Pink Panther”). Naturally, the nomination of Paris Hilton (“House of Wax”) is also convenient, as she’d likely be attending (if not hosting) the afterparties anyway.

As irresistible as the image of Harry Potter, Anakin Skywalker and the Hazzard boys duking it out might be, the biggest brawl of the 2006 awards figures to be between two similarly crude comedy blockbusters. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson will no doubt be renting out their familiar “Wedding” tuxedoes for the event, while “Virgin” Steve Carell will hope to crash their party and push Aquaman aside to make room on his shelf for a few new toys.

The 2006 MTV Movie Awards airs on Thursday, June 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Nominees for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards are:

    BEST MOVIE

  • “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Batman Begins” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • “King Kong” (Universal Pictures)
  • “Sin City” (Dimension Films)
  • “Wedding Crashers” (New Line Cinema)
    BEST PERFORMANCE

  • Joaquin Phoenix – “Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal – “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)
  • Rachel McAdams – “Red Eye” (DreamWorks SKG)
  • Steve Carell – “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (Universal Pictures)
  • Terrence Howard – “Hustle & Flow” (Paramount Classics)
  • Reese Witherspoon – “Walk the Line” (20th Century Fox)
    BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE

  • Owen Wilson – “Wedding Crashers” (New Line Cinema)
  • Adam Sandler – “The Longest Yard” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Steve Carell – “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (Universal Pictures)
  • Tyler Perry – “Madea’s Family Reunion” (Lionsgate Films)
  • Vince Vaughn – “Wedding Crashers” (New Line Cinema)
    BEST ON-SCREEN TEAM

  • Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen & Romany Malco – “The 40-Year-Old Virgin”
    (Universal Pictures)

  • Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott & Jessica Simpson – “The Dukes of Hazzard”
    (Warner Bros. Pictures)

  • Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans & Michael Chiklis – “Fantastic Four” (20th Century Fox)
  • Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson & Rupert Grint – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”
    (Warner Bros. Pictures)

  • Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson – “Wedding Crashers” (New Line Cinema)
    BEST VILLAIN

  • Cillian Murphy – “Batman Begins” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Hayden Christensen – “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”
    (20th Century Fox)

  • Ralph Fiennes – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Tilda Swinton – “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” (Disney Pictures)
  • Tobin Bell – “Saw II” (Lionsgate Films)
    BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

  • Andre “3000″ Benjamin – “Four Brothers” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Isla Fisher – “Wedding Crashers” (New Line Cinema)
  • Nelly – “The Longest Yard” (Paramount Pictures)
  • Jennifer Carpenter – “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” (Screen Gems)
  • Romany Malco – “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (Universal Pictures)
  • Taraji P. Henson – “Hustle & Flow” (Paramount Classics)
    BEST HERO

  • Christian Bale – “Batman Begins” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Jessica Alba – “Fantastic Four” (20th Century Fox)
  • Daniel Radcliffe – “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Kate Beckinsale – “Underworld: Evolution” (Screen Gems)
  • Ewan McGregor – “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (20th Century Fox)
    SEXIEST PERFORMANCE

  • Beyoncé Knowles – “The Pink Panther” (Sony Pictures)
  • Jessica Alba – “Sin City” (Dimension Films)
  • Jessica Simpson – “The Dukes of Hazzard” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Ziyi Zhang – “Memoirs of a Geisha” (Sony Pictures)
  • Rob Schneider – “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” (Sony Pictures)
    BEST FIGHT

  • Kong vs. the Planes – “King Kong” (Universal Pictures)
  • Stephen Chow vs. Axe Gang – “Kung Fu Hustle” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie vs. Brad Pitt – “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (20th Century Fox)
  • Ewan McGregor vs. Hayden Christensen – “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (20th Century Fox)
    BEST KISS

  • Jake Gyllenhaal & Heath Ledger – “Brokeback Mountain” (Focus Features)
  • Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard – “Hustle & Flow” (Paramount Classics)
  • Anna Faris & Chris Marquette – “Just Friends” (New Line Cinema)
  • Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt – “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (20th Century Fox)
  • Rosario Dawson & Clive Owen – “Sin City” (Dimension Films)
    BEST FRIGHTENED PERFORMANCE

  • Rachel Nichols – “The Amityville Horror” (MGM)
  • Jennifer Carpenter – “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” (Screen Gems)
  • Derek Richardson – “Hostel” (Lionsgate Films)
  • Paris Hilton – “House of Wax” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Dakota Fanning – “War of the Worlds” (Paramount Pictures)
    mtvU STUDENT FILMMAKER

  • Joshua Caldwell – “The Beautiful Lie”
  • Sean Mullin – “Sadiq”
  • Stephen Reedy – “Undercut”
  • Jarrett Slavin – “The Spiral Project”
  • Landon Zakheim – “The Fabulous Felix McCabe”